Sir Peter Bottomley MP
Peter was born in 1944. He was educated at a mixed comprehensive school in Washington DC, Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge. He is married with one son and two daughters.
He has been Chairman of the Church of England Children’s Society and a trustee of Christian Aid. He founded Family Forum. He has been a member of the Child Poverty Action Group. His special interests include family policy and foreign relations.
He contested West Woolwich in the general elections of February and October 1974. He won the seat in June 1975 when it was re—named Eltham. This was the first by-election win under Margaret Thatcher’s leadership.
He has served as Secretary of the Conservative Parliamentary Committee on Health and Social Services (1977-1979) and Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1979 to81).
In September 1984, Peter was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office where his responsibilities included agriculture and the environment.
In the 1997 general election, Peter was elected Member of Parliament for Worthing West, West Sussex.
In June 1997, Peter was appointed to serve on the Select Committee on Standards and Privileges. In 2011 Peter was knighted for Public Service. His wife, Virginia, is a former Member of Parliament for South West Surrey.
Since 2012, Sir Peter has been campaigning for leasehold justice and reform inside and outside Parliament, chairing meetings at Westminster on a number of leasehold issues, after a landmark legal case in his constituency brought what he describes as “legal torture” to his attention.
Sir Peter is Co. Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Leasehold Reform.